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Dress up your holiday outfits with handmade jewelry! Jewelry can be an intimidating project to take on if you have never made it before but it opens up the doors for a whole different kind of creativity. Combine sewing with jewelry making to create these elegant chiffon earrings.

Materials

  • 0.2m of chiffon
  • Thread
  • Upholstery Thread
  • 3mm crimp bead cover
  • Ear Wire
  • Small Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (optional)

Instructions

  1. Using the pattern provided trace out and cut the circles from the chiffon.
Step 2

2. Stitch around the circles using a small zigzag stitch or use a narrow hemstitch on a serger. Trim any excess fabric.

Step 3

3. Thread a needle with the upholstery thread with a double layer. You will want enough thread for the length of the earring you desire plus extra for stitching.

Step 4

4. Sew the largest circle onto the thread. Pinch your circle in the centre and create a small stitch to secure.

Step 5

5. Secure 1 crimp bead cover over the circle using pliers.

Step 6

6. Repeat with the medium-sized circle leaving a 1 1/2″ gap between the circles.

Step 7

7. Repeat again with a medium circle.

Step 8

8. Create a new thread and add two medium circles.

Step 9

9. Gather your threads and circle and layout with even spacing.

Step 10

10. Thread through your earring hook and secure with a knot

Step 11

11. Using the pliers pinch the earring hook closed so the thread does not come off.

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If you’re new to embroidery start with our beginner pattern and work your way up! If you’ve done this before challenge yourself with a variety of stitches in our advanced pattern. You can leave these in the hoops for decoration or take them out and frame them. You could even use them to create a cushion cover.

Holiday Embroidery
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Get in the holiday spirit with our DIY of the month, a holiday quilt! This piece has intricate details yet is simple and sweet. Download our free pattern and instructions to get started on this festive quilt!

Materials

Materials

  • We used the following from the Holiday Mixers collection
    1m Tinsel Tree Silver
    0.2m Holly Vine Red
    0.5m Starlight Green
    1.2 m Holly Vine Cream
  • We used the following from Basic Cottons
    scraps of brown (used for tree stumps)
    scraps of black (used for truck wheels)
    scraps of grey (used for truck bumper)
  • 1.2m of batting
  • Odif 505 spray
  • Thread
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Sewing Machine

Instructions

  1. Cut out your pieces following the instructions provided. For the trees, you can keep them simple and follow the pattern or do half of the trees with pleats following the below directions.

2. Cut a rectangle longer the tree pattern and wider.

3. Create 1/2″ pleats. Press and pin in place.

4. Using your tree pattern cut the piece out of the pleats and baste edges in place.

5. You should have 10 trees in total.

6. Begin building your blocks starting with block 1, the trees. Layout your pieces following the diagram provided and sewing pieces A>B>C together, D>E>F together and then ABC to DEF. Repeat for all 10 of your trees.

7. Build your Block 2 by sewing part A>B>C together and D>E>F together. Sew ABC to DEF. Sew part G to part A-F. Sew part H to A-G. Sew part I>J. Attach A-H to IJ to complete the block.

8. Build your Block 3 by sewing all the parts in alphabetical order.

9. Sew Block 2 > Block 3. Sew Block 2 & 3 to Block 4 to complete the truck.

10. Build your strips following the instructions provided.

11. Layer and quilt as desired. We use Odif 505 spray to hold the batting in place. Bind as desired.

Make your meals even more ghoulish with our coffin placemats. We created these spooky placemats using the Ghoulish Gathering collection. Not only does this collection add just the right amount of creepy but it also glows in the dark!

Quilted Coffin Placemats
Materials

Materials

  • 0.5m red fabric
  • 0.5m purple fabric
  • 0.5m grey fabric
  • 0.2m of 7 Halloween fabrics. We used fabric from the Ghoulish Gathering collection.
  • 1m of cotton batting
  • Odif 505
  • HeatnBond UltraHold
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

Instructions

Plain Coffins

Step 1
  1. Cut out the piece for your plain coffins. We used 4 plain coffins for 1 placemat.
Step 2

2. Press1/4″ of the edges to the wrong side of the coffins and hand baste in place.

Step 3

3. Complete the remaining coffins.

Coffins with Windows

Step 1
  1. Cut out all your pieces using the pattern provided.
Step 2

2. Stitch pieces together in alphabetical order. Press seams flat.

Step 3

3. Press1/4″ of the edges to the wrong side of the coffins and hand baste in place.

Step 4

4. Repeat on remaining coffins.

Placemat

Step 1
  1. Cut out pieces:
    – Front 12″ x 18″
    – Batting 14″ x 20″
    – Back 16″ x 22″
    Sandwich pieces together using Odif 505 spray to hold layers in place.
  2. Quilt as desired. We did a hand-drawn spider web.
Step 3

3. Create binding strips using the fabric of your choice.

4. Bind the placemat as desired.

We used HeatnBond UltraHold to adhere the coffins to the placemat. Alternatively, the coffins can be sewn onto the placemat.

Step 5

5. Cut out the HeatnBond UltraHold to the same size as the coffins.

Step 6

6. Following the instructions on the packaging adhere the coffins to the placemat.

Step 7

7. Repeat for all coffins placing as desired.

The Livia Scalloped Lace is bright, fun and perfect for making a swimsuit cover-up. This is a quick sew project that will have you ready for a day by the pool or a trip to the beach!

Swimsuit Cover-up Material
Materials

Materials

  • 2m of fabric (measure your arm length elbow to elbow and double)
  • 1 Corded Tassel for a front tie, 2 for slit ties.
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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